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Restaurant’s Preopening Party Benefits Needy Children


Ramona Ringor, Jimena Vargas and Pamela Peña

Pedro Rosenblueth and April Pedersen

Stephanie Bockos y David Gómez

Michael Alford y Maricela Daniel

By Karla Ortiz

On February 3, the new El Pavo Real restaurant had a preopening party with a purpose, a charity fundraiser for the Centro Infantil de los Ángeles (the Angels Children’s Center).

Gourmet sopes made with various toppings—mole, mushrooms, cochinita pibil, green sausage, and chicken tinga—were some of the appetizers that attendees could sample. Mezcal cocktails, wines, and handcrafted beers were available for guests to taste.

The event was at maximum capacity, filled with people who were there not only to have a good time and eat well, but also to help needy children have an early education. April Pedersen, owner of El Pavo Real, and Assistant Manager Jimena Vargas both volunteer at Centro Infantil de los Ángeles, a nongovernmental organization that provides free child care and preschool services to San Miguel’s neediest children.

In 2000, when Donna Quathamer (founder of the children’s center) arrived in San Miguel, she saw women selling their products in the market with their children sleeping on cardboard boxes and wrapped in rebozos.

Quathamer felt compelled to create a safe place where these women could leave their children while they were working.

The center she started now has a free kindergarten for children like them. It is now an educational environment for children under the age of five, where they play, eat, study, laugh, and learn healthy coexistence. It currently serves nearly 100 children per day. In return, mothers must volunteer there one hour for each day their child is at the center. This also allows them to participate in the care of their children.

Thanks to the donations of El Pavo Real garnered by this first event in its facilities, the children of the Centro Infantil de los Ángeles will be able to continue with their normal activities, including

-A diet of balanced food

-An introduction to the English language

-Computer classes

-Medical examinations

-Classes in art, swimming, yoga, reading, and storytelling


-Excursions to familiarize students with their community

-Health and nutrition classes

-English classes for parents.


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